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Jerusalem Post– Israel not only is defending itself against Iran but other countries in the Middle East, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told BBC Arabic.”Iran is planning attacks against us all the time and attacks across the region against many of our neighbors, so we have to act against their activities in the region,” Netanyahu, who is also Defense Minister, said in an exclusive interview with BBC World Presenter Mohammed Seif ElNasr while in London on Thursday.
In his interview two weeks before elections, he also said that Iran is attempting to organize attacks throughout Africa, not just in the Middle East and stressed the need for Israel coordinate with other militaries operating in the region to avoid incidents of error during the implementation of operations.
Israel, which has admitted to hundreds of airstrikes in Syria against Iranian and Hezbollah targets has a deconfliction mechanism with Russia which intervened in the Syrian conflict in September 2015 on the side President Bashar al-Assad to avoid any unwanted conflict.
The relationship between Jerusalem and Moscow was strained last year after a Russian military plane was downed by Syria air defenses following an Israeli airstrike on nearby Iranian targets but nevertheless the IAF has had largely had free reign to carry out strikes on targets deemed a threat to the Jewish State.